1942 Explained

For other uses see 1942 (disambiguation).

Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

Events of 1942

(Below, many events of World War II have the "WWII" prefix.)

January

The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur.

February

Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.

March

April

The Japanese Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the country's East Coast.

May

June

July

By order of the Vichy France government headed by Pierre Laval, French police officers round-up 13,000-20,000 Jews and imprison them in the Winter Velodrome.

August

In Washington, DC, six German would-be saboteurs are executed (two others were cooperative and received life imprisonment instead).

September

October

November

December

Undated

Ongoing

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Date unknown

Deaths

January–June

July–December

Nobel prizes

Ship events

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